Who's who?

Who's who?

At the City of Culture, we are supported by a diverse team of individuals who come from a broad range of backgrounds and organisations. But most importantly, we are all passionate about Medway and its future. So, come and meet the team!

Trustees

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Jatin looks directly into the camera with a serious expression. He has dark hair swept back and a dark beard an moustache streaked with grey. In his head and shoulders shot he wears a black top.

Jatin Patel

Co-Chair

Deirdre smiles into the camera. She has blonde shoulder length hair and a fringe, she is wearing makeup and a black top gold colour detail in her head shot.

Deirdre Wells, OBE

Co-Chair

Keely Augustus

Trustee

Simon Cook

Trustee

Bill Ferris, OBE

Trustee

Richard Hicks

Trustee

Tina Lovey

Trustee

Sir David Melville, CBE

Trustee

Michael Oyar

Trustee

David Sefton

Trustee

Natasha Steer

Trustee

Deborah Turner

Trustee

I am Proud to be a part of the Coalition driving forward this collaborative bid for Medway 2025. As we engage in rebuilding the post pandemic landscape it is an exciting period for us to look forward and build on the strong foundations forging out pathways constructing an impactful legacy of long lasting, equitable change and betterment for us all in Medway. 

Jatin Patel

Creative Director, KALIKAS ARMOUR

I am thrilled to have been selected as a Trustee for the Medway City of Culture Bid.  From boosting the visitor economy, creating magical experiences and inspiring communities and new audiences, culture has the ability to put the heart and soul back into destinations. I have been hugely inspired by the ambition and vision of the Medway City of Culture bid and look forward to doing all I can to make it a success.   

Deirdre Wells

CEO, Visit Kent and Go to Places

Medway has such incredible and diverse music talent and we are raring to flex our creative muscles in front of live audiences once more as Medway prepares to submit its 2025 bid. The ‘Medway 2025 Homegrown Sets’ at Rochester Castle Concerts are about making a statement that Medway deserves its place on the national stage. We want to give locals a moment to be proud of.

Michael Oyar

Founding Member, CaGeNation

Working Group Co-Chairs

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Virginie Giles

Marketing and Comms
Co-Chair

A smiling woman sits on a pink sofa, posed for the photograph. Chloe is Black and has below shoulder dark hair and wears black leggings.

Chloe Ainsley

Marketing and Comms
Co-Chair

Maddie Springett

Youth Engagement
Co-Chair

Mark Heffernan

Youth Engagement
Co-Chair

Eleanor McGrath

Fundraising and Development
Co-Chair

David Stokes

Fundraising and Development
Co-Chair

Katie Pickett

Business Engagement
Co-Chair

David Ward

Business Engagement
Co-Chair

Hilary Cooke

Community Engagement
Co-Chair

Conor Noon

Community Engagement
Co-Chair

Working Group Members

Marketing and Comms

Andrew Pincott
Lynne Parker
Samuel Jones
Helen Banyard
Hollie Coffey
Ben Tegg
Jo Wilkins
Paul Brooks
Lynette Crisp
Alex Watson

Youth
Engagement

Ash Williams
Chris Bury
Emma Dartnell
Roy Smith
Andrew Dennis
Meenatchi Gopal
Sharon Jackson
Mandy Gage
Matthew Hodge
Roy Smith
Olutayo Ojobe
Kasia Evans

Fundraising and Development

Emma Bowles
Martyn Reeves
Natalie Tegg
Alison Haughton

Community Engagement

Rob Flood
Louise Heffernan
Sam Rapp
Louise Hubbard
Joseph Makinjoula
Irina Fridman
Emma Dartnell
Matthew Hodge
Ally Curson
Wendy Daws

Business Engagement

Dayzee Potter
Oliver Monahan
Lisa Settle
Emma Dartnell
Spencer Fortag
Jon Rissik
Jonathan Bloom
David Braddon
Carol Ford
Richard Lavender
Tom Morrissey
Dan Palmer
Emma Liddiard
Rebecca Collins
Rob Smith
Sarah Tranter
Anjuli Strange
Susan Jennings
Phillip Reynolds
Rachel Emmerson
Alex Watson
Jemma Fairclough Haines

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